Animal welfare and rescue people have the biggest hearts in the world. They will share their last dime to help a dog or cat. They will share photos of dogs needing homes. They will share links to fund-raisers. They will work their butts off to help make a difference.
But the same thing that makes them so wonderful also can make them a target of unscrupulous people. People who try and take advantage of those caring hearts.
Today a friend alerted me to the fact that a “rescue” called Paws Family Ranch was using a photo of Bubba G to raise money. They didn’t outright say it, but the way the post was written it was made to sound like they were asking for money for Bubba’s medical expenses. Medical expenses which were incurred and paid by Denver Animal Control more than 2 years ago.
And Bubba isn’t the only dog they are using….there are plenty of well-known dogs that are showing up on their page. How stupid do you have to be to use photos of dogs people know?
The people are the worst leeches on the earth. They are taking advantage of people who desperately want to help dogs in need. And they need to be stopped. Their Go Fund Me campaign is currently closed, but people like this don’t give up, they just move on to the next scam.
I have filed a formal complaint with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. I don’t know if it will do any good. But I want to work to make sure not one more person is taken advantage of by this scum. They picked the wrong person to screw with. Ray’s page has about 150K followers, and Bubba has about 50K……we have a pretty broad audience to share this with.
A word of advice……do not donate to anyone you do not know. Do not donate to anyone you can’t verify is on the up and up. Don’t send your hard earned money to someone on their say so. I’ve seen this happen too many times. It can be fairly easy to check to see if a rescue is legitimate…you can visit a Non-Profit site like Charity Navigator, or you can check to see if the rescue is listed as a non-profit with their state.
There a lot of amazing rescues that deserve your support….this is not one of them.